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Thank you to everyone who attended our January event at UNO’s Community Engagement Center!

Many thanks to everyone who turned out for last evening’s event, Nebraskans for Solar’s Third Solar Group Buy Roundtable: to our co-sponsoring groups, Green Bellevue and Sierra Club; and to our presenters, discussion leaders, and audience participants who, together, created an excellent educational opportunity.

Wyndle Young, OPPD Projects Director, Customer Initiatives, discussed the following topics:

  1. Update of OPPD’s Distributed Generation Manual. Final revision to be announced.
  2. The ConnectDER: OPPD reviewed the innovative device, and on July 1, 2017, accepted it for use for certain Distributive Energy Resources including solar installations. See OPPD document link, below.
  3. Renovation of the Distributed Generation portion of OPPD’s website. Final revision to be announced.
  4. OPPD’S Community Solar Development. See information, below.

David Holtzclaw, owner of Transduction Technologies, summarized the step-by-step process for a business or homeowner to install a solar PV system. A Q&A followed during which he was joined by Jeff Bergrenn from GenPro Energy Solutions and Michael Shonka, owner of Solar Heat and Electric, as well as Solar Ambassadors, people who have installed a PV system and are willing to serve as resource persons to others in the group.

Attendees were provided a list of FAQ’s prepared by solar installers, which will be available at future events. Everyone was asked for their recommendations for future speakers and topics.

RESOURCES DISCUSSED AT THE MEETING 

Solar, Energy Conservation & Incentives

Community Solar
“In response to customer interest in solar-powered generation, OPPD is evaluating the potential for a community solar energy project. OPPD will continue to assess solar programs, while balancing our mission to provide affordable, reliable and environmentally sensitive energy services to our customers.” – OPPD’s Integrated Resource Plan
OPPD’s Community Solar Update, by Jeff Karloff, Division Manager, Production Engineering, Fuels and Renewables. December 14, 2017 Board of Directors Meeting.
Presentation Slides

Proposal Details

  • Locations considered
    I-80 rest area near Gretna
    City of Fort Calhoun
    Bellevue landfill
  • Ten developers over 100 proposals
  • Electrical interconnection costs will be added to RFP prices

Watch Green Bellevue’s March Presentation: “Solar Powering Your Home”

Last Sunday Green Bellevue presented the solar energy workshop, “Solar Powering Your Home: Learn how to install solar panels step-by-step.”

If you missed it, you can watch it now on YouTube or on Bellevue Television (BTV), Cox Cable Channel 17:

Wednesdays: 8:30 to 9:30 a.m.
Thursdays: 3:30 to 4:30 p.m.
Saturdays: 6:30 to 7:30 p.m..

In the presentation, David Holtzclaw, Energy Consultant and Owner of Transduction Technologies, discusses the process of installing residential (and small business) solar generators, describing the steps and considerations involved. 

Don Preister, Green Bellevue President and Councilman, then walks viewers through his own experience of installing a home solar system this past year.

Co-Sponsors: Green Omaha Coalition &  Nebraskans for Solar

Green Bellevue’s March Program – Solar Powering Your Home: Learn how to install solar panels step-by-step

Presenters: David Holtzclaw and Don Preister

Solar energy is finally getting its day in the sun, and an increasing number of residents are installing solar panels at their homes as a way to lower energy bills and reduce carbon footprints. If you are considering a solar install – or just want to better understand the steps involved – come to Green Bellevue’s March program and hear how it’s done!

David Holtzclaw, Energy Consultant and Owner of Transduction Technologies, will outline the process of installing residential (and small business) solar generators, describing the steps and considerations involved.

Don Preister, Green Bellevue President and Councilman, will then walk through his own experience of installing a home solar system this past year.

The presentation will be followed by a Q&A. Members of Nebraskans for Solar will be in attendance to add to the conversation and serve as resources.

Refreshments will be provided. The public is invited, so please join us and bring a friend. We will meet in Conference Room A at Nebraska Medicine Bellevue, 2500 Bellevue Medical Center Drive. You can park in the visitor parking lot and enter through the main door. Go down the stairs, make a “u-turn” and Conference Room A is down the hall on your left. Share and join this event on Facebook!

Reduce – Then Produce: Energy Conservation & Solar

Free Workshop Co-Sponsored by Nebraskans for Solar & Transduction Technologies

Speaker: David Holtzclaw, Ph.D., P.E., C.E.M., President, Transduction Technologies, energy consultant, building science expert                            headshot_me-150x150

When: Thursday, November 13, 2014 – 7:00 to 8:30 p.m.
Where: UNO’s Community Engagement Center (near the Durham Bell Tower), Room 209
Parking: Please see information below.

Description
Last year, the cost of installation of photovoltaic (PV} panels on residential and commercial properties fell approximately 10-15%, the 4th consecutive year of solar installation price reduction.

However, in 2014, the lowest cost of residential and small commercial solar installation (4 kW or 16 solar panels) in Nebraska is still at least $8,000 (after all incentives and tax breaks), which is beyond the means of most homeowners and small commercial developers without financing.

A key player in the nation’s “all of the above” energy strategy is energy efficiency. In 2008, New York Gov. David Paterson stated, “The cheapest (and cleanest) energy is the energy never used.”

During this presentation, we will:

  • Focus on short-term and long term energy efficiency strategies for the residential, non-profit, and small commercial markets.
  • Discuss basic building science principles that govern energy consumption in these markets, how to determine the best upgrades to make, how to find good contractors, what questions to ask, and the importance of 3rd party verification.
  • We will also present some newer technologies that will have a major impact on these markets.
  • Finally, we will bring it full circle and demonstrate how energy efficient upgrades can significantly reduce your initial solar investment and improve your rate of return, all while decreasing your carbon footprint, increasing your savings, and improving your comfort and indoor air quality.

Free and open to the public! Refreshments provided.

RSVP: Space is limited to 35 attendees, so please email your reservation right away to:
nebraskansforsolar@gmail.com

Important information about parking:
Please use the lot on the north side of the Community Engagement Center, near the Durham Bell Tower. A parking lot attendant will be in the kiosk at the entrance to the lot. Tell him or her that you’re there for the Nebraskans for Solar event in Room 209. There is no parking fee.